December 28, 1990
Monday is usually the slowest night of the week, with many bars, clubs and restaurants either nearly deserted or actually closed as people stay home in droves. But with New Year's Eve falling on a Monday this year, the whole town will be jumping.The most popular spot to welcome the new year, our town square if you will, is of course the Inner Harbor. The big news story there Monday night will be the huge octopus covering the side of the National Aquarium. Well, actually that octopus will be one of the many laser images projected onto the Aquarium and the World Trade Center in a high-tech laser and fireworks show celebrating the Aquarium's new Marine Mammal Pavilion.
December 23, 1998
New Year's Eve, 1997.Why don't you stay home tonight? Cassandra Fair asked her husband. Since their marriage in 1994, Cassandra and Aaron Tracey Fair had brought in the new year together.But Tracey, as everybody called him, wanted to go out with friends. Maybe go play video games at somebody's house. Tracey was a security guard for Johns Hopkins Hospital, was in the U.S. Army Reserves, was a husband and a father of two children -- but he still could be a kid. Still played tackle football with the guys, volunteered as a mentor at the Lafayette Square Community Center, still played video games.
December 23, 1999
There is one sure bet about Y2K -- it is costing a fortune.Exterminating the Y2K bug from the nation's private and government computers between 1995 and 2001 is expected to cost $100 billion, according to a Commerce Department estimate.Costs to the federal government are expected to reach $8.4 billion, and state budget analysts put Maryland's tab at $150 million.The cost might translate into higher taxes, electric bills, hospital rates and phone bills and increased fees for the services of bankers, investment brokers and other computer-oriented businesses.
February 16, 1997
When the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve last year, Karen Ruchkin and a group of friends climbed to the rooftop of her Canton home, said goodbye to the old year, and watched the fireworks over the Inner Harbor usher in the new."That was one of the stipulations the former owners had for me when we closed the sale of this house two years ago," Ruchkin said. "I promised them that every Fourth of July and every New Year's Eve I would host a party and share the spectacular view of the fireworks with friends."
January 6, 2002
A new year brings a new start for many people, and that's especially true for Meghan Gullette and Brian Wells, who were married on New Year's Eve. "It's a special holiday for the two of us," says Meghan, explaining that she and Brian have celebrated every New Year's Eve together since they started dating. This past New Year's Eve, the couple's evening began at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore with a Catholic wedding ceremony. Amid eight bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, one space was left empty for Meghan's brother, who died in a car accident a year ago. Afterward, there was a black-tie reception at the Belvedere hotel.
January 11, 2009
Writing obituaries for The Baltimore Sun, you get to know a lot of nice people at the worst moment in their lives. In the majority of cases, this is the first time we have connected, even though, as we say, we occasionally have repeat customers. Inevitably, it can turn personal, when friends and colleagues pass away. (For the record, it is The Sun's policy that we do not write obits for our family members. Other reporters are given that task.) In the course of researching the life of the deceased, lots of good material surfaces that might not make the final cut because of space restrictions.